tactile corpuscle


tactile corpuscle
tac′tile cor′puscle
n.
hic (lab cbl)psl an oval sense organ made of flattened cells and encapsulated nerve endings, occurring in hairless skin, as the tips of the fingers, and functioning as a touch receptor
Etymology: 1870–75

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • tactile corpuscle — n. any of various small, epidermal structures with nerve endings sensitive to touch or pressure …   English World dictionary

  • Tactile corpuscle — Meissner s corpuscle Sensory nerve endings for touch labeled at upper right.) Papilla of the hand, treated w …   Wikipedia

  • tactile corpuscle — noun : one of the numerous minute bodies in the skin and some mucous membranes that usually consist of a group of cells enclosed in a capsule, contain nerve terminations, and are held to be end organs of touch * * * an oval sense organ made of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tactile corpuscle — an oval sense organ made of flattened cells and encapsulated nerve endings, occurring in hairless skin, as the tips of the fingers and toes, and functioning as a touch receptor. Also called Meissner s corpuscle. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

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  • tactile bud — or tactile corpuscle, any one of numerous minute, oval bodies which occur in sensitive parts of the skin and are involved with the sense of touch …   Useful english dictionary

  • corpuscle of Herbst — he(ə)rpst n any of several tactile organs that are found in birds and are related to Pacinian corpuscles Herbst Ernst Friedrich Gustav H. (1803 1893) German anatomist. Herbst spent his career teaching at the university at Göttingen. He also… …   Medical dictionary

  • tactile receptor — n an end organ (as a Meissner s corpuscle or a Pacinian corpuscle) that responds to light touch * * * a mechanoreceptor for the sense of touch; called also touch r …   Medical dictionary

  • tactile cell — n one of the oval nucleated cells (as in a Meissner s corpuscle) that are in close contact with the expanded ends of nerve fibers in the deeper layers of the epidermis and dermis of some parts of the body and prob. serve a tactile function * * *… …   Medical dictionary